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Aregbesola raises concern over stormy rainfall, changing climate

Rauf Aregbesola, governor of Osun State

Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has associated the incessant stormy rainfall being experienced in the country to the much-talked-about negative impacts of man on the environment. The governor stated this recently during a courtesy visit and the opening ceremony of the Osun Architects’ Sustainable Information Synthesis Forum in Osogbo. He attributed much of the destruction of the global ...

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Shell confirms Forcados export pipeline leakage after attack


The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited, operator of the SPDC JV, has confirmed signs of a leak on the 48inch Forcados export pipeline at a location between shoreline and the Forcados terminal in the western Niger Delta, coming on the heels of a reported attack on the pipeline in the early hours of Friday, June 3. In a ...

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Ogoniland clean-up: Standing before history


As President Muhammadu Buhari flags-off the cleaning of the environment of Ogoniland today, Thursday 02 June 2016, environmental activist Ninimmo Bassey says history is in the making. He acknowledges the labours of past heroes like the late Ken Saro-Wiwa towards making the day a reality The submission of the UNEP report on the assessment of the Ogoni environment in August ...

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Flood control: How Dutch use water to battle water

Tube Barrier

Just as controlled fires are used to stop larger bush fires, researchers are embracing the use of water-laden components to make dams and control flooding. Flood-prone Netherlands, in the bid to adapt to its peculiar situation, is adopting alternatives to the traditional sandbags, which are being replaced by a range of innovative “waterbags” as flood defences. Courtesy of the Flood ...

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Floods overrun Germany, France, Austria


Torrential rain has hit Germany, France and Austria leaving hundreds of pupils stranded in their schools and families have been forced to scramble to their rooftops to escape the rising deluge. Several areas in Paris were under red alert as the Seine River burst its banks in several places after four days of almost non-stop rain caused severe flooding in ...

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Lead exposure costs India $236 billion annually


A new interactive map shows that lead exposure costs India $236 billion annually. Economic Costs of Childhood Lead Exposure in Low-and Middle-Income Countries was developed by New York University School of Medicine, Department of Paediatrics (NYU) and released on 23rd May 2016 at the United Nations Environment Assembly meeting held in Nairobi, Kenya. It can be accessed at: “Children’s ...

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World’s longest rail tunnel opens in Switzerland


Switzerland on Wednesday inaugurated Gotthard Base Tunnel, staging a massive celebration to honour the longest and deepest railway tunnel in the world. Leaders of France, Italy and Germany attended the opening ceremony. Swiss President Johann Schneider-Ammann described the tunnel as a “once-in-a-century” feat at the ceremony. “Epic achievements are still possible in Switzerland and in Europe,” he added, before the ...

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Climate: The change is here

Fulani herdsmen

The first quarter of the year in Nigeria has always been noted as usually the hottest period with regards to weather variability and default seasonal pattern. This period is characterised with high solar intensity and consequently high temperature build-up, which in a lot of ways, causes a great deal of discomfort to people. The hot period is often short termed ...

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Government asked to enforce plain packaging of tobacco products

Gbenga Adejuwon

The Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA) has urged the Federal Government to immediately initiate the regulation that will enforce plain packaging of tobacco products in the country. In a statement issued on Tuesday in Lagos by its Alliance Manager, Gbenga Adejuwon, to mark this year’s World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), NTCA said the Federal Ministry of Health should also begin ...

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DMO chief lists path to economic recovery

Dr. Abraham Nwankwo

Debt Management Office (DMO) Director-General Dr. Abraham Nwankwo has painted a rosy economic future anchored on diversification and enhanced revenue from taxation. According to him, in three to five years, Nigerians will feel the impact of the present administration’s policies on manufacturing, agriculture, entertainment and mining, among others, because they will strengthen the naira and improve foreign reserves The naira ...

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